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Raanjhnaa Reviews

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June 6, 2016
Raanjhanaa is surprisingly a impressive love story. The movie was running out of adrenaline in many occasions, but mainly during the 2nd half, if the pacing and writing could've been better it would've helped the movie tremendously. However, the climax of the movie was amazing, and Dhanush shines in this movie.
½ February 13, 2016
Beautiful music by the king, A. R. Rahman.
Dhanush shows why he is loved in the South, despite his un-extraordinary looks. Voice dubbing could have been better though. Good acting as well by Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub.
Movie induces great sadness. Very realistic, lacking the usual Bollywood nonsense, as twists and shit happens all the time in life.
September 12, 2015
its like better than titanic for me.
January 24, 2015
Dhanush shines in his first B-Town debut.
October 2, 2014
only last 30 mins were interesting.
August 27, 2014
The movie was alright and tried to be different and more twisting than the usual love stories, but I just didn't like the story. The cast was good, but I felt like the story lacked more depth.
The love between Kundan and Zoya was just odd and weird. When she "confesses" before he "meets his fate", you are still not sure if she means it or not. I didn't fully understand Zoya's character and her way of thinking, because she seemed the rational thinker but then falls in love with a guy who is a Sikh and uses Kundan. So she sort of deserved what he did. I also didn't quite understand how quickly the Sikh guy died. It seemed so odd and then the whole political party thing and Kundan being the tea boy was even more bizarre. This is why I disliked the second half of the movie.
The ending was horrible and cliche with the rebirth thing.
Just an average movie and not worth the hype!
August 1, 2014
I have no idea why this didn't win best film or best actor at any award ceremony. The story is great, and so are the performances. Dhanush definitely gave the best performance by a male in 2013 and Sonam kapoor is good too.

The first half is amazing. There was never a point in the first half where the story is slow moving. Although in the second half, Raanjhanaa starts to focus on politics which slowed down the entire movie.
January 20, 2014
Such a refreshing and well made movie. With some good performances and direction and some great editing too. Hindi cinema is getting so much more interesting and fun.
½ January 8, 2014
Great Story...! and proud that it came from Bollywood
December 21, 2013
You are all set to watch a ramp walk. The model walks in well dressed in ethnic, colorful and vibrant finery well laced with gota, embroidery, sequins and the likes. Upon reaching the front of the stage she turns around to commence her exit. But the back of the apparel is a combination of leather black and whites in different geometrical shapes, very Gen-X like, simply strewn together within the outline of the apparel. You are left in an utter confused state because how much ever you try, you cannot derive to any logical or creative or even any experimental link between the front and the back of the apparel. Neither can you find clear logical link between the elements of the back of the apparel themselves! You really enjoy the model's entry on the stage, make up a mindset which makes her exit somewhat predictable and somewhat mysterious, and you are all set to enjoy her exit. But the whole experience simply leaves you fumbling to understand what the designer actually intended. This is Raanjhanaa. Rustic, well scripted and soothingly paced first half, but absolutely differently scripted and cumbersome second half.

It seems that the director intended to recreate the magic of the classic 1942 - A Love Story in modern day setting i.e. pure, innocent love amidst the backdrop of political turmoil. Instead he created pure innocent love and political turmoil. Reasons - a) because he could not handle both the sensibilities together, and b) Sonam is not Manisha, who when well directed, can throw in myriad expressions together to depict the internal turmoil of the character.

First half of the movie is fresh in its approach and keeps you entertained. Sonam looks beautiful in every frame. But she direly needs to get out of her 'Saawariya' mindset. Yesteryears' actresses mould does not work for the modern day complex characters. Her acting ranges from being good to confused to ordinary. Abhay has a magnetic screen presence. You expect him to do a lot more than he is given the chance to do in the movie. But the surprise package is Dhanush. You would never expect this lanky man from south to act and emote so well in every scene that he has been given to act. Best thing about him is that he neither tries to steal away other actor's scenes nor he tries to display the star in him over the character that he is playing. Swara Bhaskar and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, his two friends in the movie have also acted very well. Except for the voice, you simply cannot realize that Swara is the same lady who played Kangana's robust elder sister in 'Tanu Weds Manu'. Kumud and Shilpi have also done justice to their roles. Some of the dialogues mouthed by Dhanush and his friends do make the required impact. They have their own vernacular charm. Music is composed by the legendary A. R. Rahman, so it is undoubtedly good.
November 28, 2013
sentimental piece of shit. Can't understand why such mindless petty romances (aimed at drawing chattering masses). The male protagonist is a naive sentimental ignoramus and the makers of this film cannot resist glorifying self-important hypocritical 'radicals' showing off their grandiose 'missions' for the nation. A.R. Rehman's music or Irshad Kamil's lyrics are no reason to watch this 'box-office hit'. Period.
November 25, 2013
The mad devotion of the foolish boy & the sheer ecstasy of the agony of love for someone unworthy, just respect & tears
November 18, 2013
awesome luv story <3
½ November 13, 2013
Interesting.. some parts were excellent.
November 11, 2013
4 for the first half and - 1 for the later.
½ November 7, 2013
better than expected performance by dhanush, impressive one from abhay deol, excellent music score by arr, but a bit of let down towards the end.
October 27, 2013
interesting and original storyline but flow of the movie could have been better but recommended. not your usual bolly
October 17, 2013
A touching love story!!!''
October 8, 2013
There is a lovely earnestness through most of the film due to a heartfelt performance by Dhanush. Just wish the end would have retained the edge in Kundan's character.
October 6, 2013
A lil late arrival in the city, this 1z an AR musical treat with some beautifully captured cinematographic xtravaganza. A strong plot and an equally novel script away from the conventional glossy picture perfect climax. The movie cleverly xploits Dhanush's attributes and makes it to one of his finest feats. Though a few lows whilst delivering punchlines (apparently the accent glitch), Dhanush is quick to make it up with his trademark simpleton style and whacky moves.. The rustic beauty of Banaras comes alive with some gr8 tracks and beautifully shot visuals by Natarajan. Overall an effort worth all its acclaims..
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